A Brazilian native with wide, thick, leathery leaves in a 15 inch, recurving rosette. An unusual gray-blue color, speckled with tiny red dots and bearing an interesting, branched, yellow inflorescence produced in winter make this an attractive species. In spite of the gray, thick leaves, it is a shade grower in nature, living on granite rock cliff faces inside the mountainous Tijuca forest of Rio de Janeiro. A slow grower, excellent for terrariums when small.
My Vriesea saundersii arrived in perfect condition, even in mid April in the Midwest where the weather can be iffy and cold and shipping through mail could be hazardous. But it came packed gently along with a Tillandsia leiboldiana 'Mora', each wrapped up and in a thermal lined box and two heat packs. It's a beautiful plant. I can't wait to mount it. Or maybe find the right pot? Decisions..
Color is so light that I nearly missed the spots.
Arrived in excellent condition